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Mushroom and Rice Soup

7 Jul
Mushroom and rice soup garnished with parmesan cheese.

Mushroom and rice soup garnished with parmesan cheese.

This recipe provides approximately four servings.

  • 1lb cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
  • about 5 dried shitake mushrooms, soaked with 2 cups of water for several hours until soft. Once ready, squeeze out any liquids (but save all the liquids) and then finely chop the mushrooms.
  • 1/3 cup rice (I used brown rice, but red or wild rice would also be ideal).
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsps unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsps honey or maple syrup
  • 2 cups broth (I used chicken broth but vegetable or beef is fine, too; or even water)
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 sprigs green onion, chopped
  • a few tsps freshly grated parmesan cheese

1. Heat a large deep pot on high. Once hot, add butter, oil, onions and garlic. Turn down to a medium heat. Cook until onions are soft (approximately 5 minutes).

Mushrooms, onion and garlic sauting.

Mushrooms, onion and garlic sauteing.

2. Add the cremini and shitake mushrooms. Sprinkle a little salt as this will help the mushrooms soften faster.

Soup (with no milk, yet) coming to a boil.

Soup (with no milk, yet) coming to a boil.

3. Once the mushrooms are soft add in bay leaves, honey/maple syrup, broth, liquid from the shitake mushrooms, rice and approximately 1 cup of water.

4. Allow soup to come to a boil, then turn down to a simmering heat.

Soup (no milk added yet) after one hour. It has become a warm taupe colour.

Soup (no milk added yet) after one hour. It has become a warm taupe colour.

5. Cover and simmer until rice is super soft (approximately 1 hour). After 1 hour, the soup will have turned a warm taupe colour.

6. Add in milk and green onions. Once the soup begins to boil, it’s ready.

After the milk is added and the soup has come to a boil, it's ready to be eaten. Enjoy.

After the milk is added and the soup has come to a boil, it’s ready to be eaten. Enjoy.

7. Dish into separate bowls. Garnish with grated parmesan cheese and serve.

Fizzy Lemonade

28 Aug

Homemade fizzy lemonade.

  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 cups carbonated water

1. In a tumbler or jar, combine the lemon juice, honey and carbonated water. Stir well.

2. Feel free to adjust the quantities of lemon juice, honey and water to your own preferences.

Two lemons and a jar with honey.

Fizzy lemonade.

Frozen Yogurt Popsicle

31 Jul

Homemade frozen yogurt with honey.

Yogurt right before freezing.

The following recipe is from weelicious.

  • 1/3  cup of Greek style yogurt
  • 2 to 3 tbsp honey
  • popsicle sticks
  • small freezable cups

Add the yogurt and honey to the cup. Mix well and place in the freeze until frozen. This makes one popiscle

Chicken Corn Fried Rice

7 Sep

Fried rice with chicken, corn, onion, peas and tomatoes.

  • 1 chicken breast, minced and then coated with a light dusting of cornstarch and a sprinkle of sea salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup of brown rice (Cook the rice as instructed on the package except replace half the amount of water with a low sodium chicken broth. When the rice is cooked, add in a sprinkle of sea salt and pepper, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and the juice of one lemon.  Mix well, let cool and store in the fridge overnight.  Using day old rice ensures non-soggy fried rice.)
  • one small onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1/3 cup of green peas (frozen or fresh)
  • 1/3 cup of corn (canned or fresh)
  • 1 tomato, roughly chopped (or substitute with one grated carrot)
  • 3 tbsps of honey or agave
  • 3 tbsps of canola oil
  • 4 to 5 tbsps of soy sauce
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • sesame oil (optional)

In a hot pan or wok and on high heat, add in the canola oil and then chicken and onions.  Once the chicken is cooked, add in the honey, corn and green peas. Cook until the corn and peas are warmed all the way through. Sprinkle a little sea salt and pepper into the chicken, onions, corn and peas.  Stir well and add in the rice and soy sauce.  Combine well the rice, chicken and vegetables. Ensure the rice is heated through and then add in the tomatoes and a light drizzle of sesame oil. Stir well and remove immediately from the heat. Serve while hot.

Blueberry Strawberry Smoothie

25 Aug

Blueberry strawberry smoothie.

  • 2 cups of frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup of frozen blueberries
  • 3 tbsps of honey (a little more if you like your drinks on the sweeter side)
  • 1/2 cup of strawberry or vanilla yogurt
  • 3 cups of skim milk (add less if you like a thicker consistency for your smoothie)
  • a blender

Frozen blueberries and strawberries in a blender.

Place the strawberries and blueberries into the blender first.  They are the hardest items to breakdown and should be closest to the blade.  Add in the honey, yogurt and milk, then pop the lid on and  blend until the mixture is smooth. Open the blender lid, give the mixture a good stir with a long spoon and blend once more for a few seconds.  Serve immediately with a straw.

For alternatives, try different combinations and/or additions of frozen fruits such as mango, peaches and raspberries.